Before You Become a Figure Skater: How to Choose an Ice Rink To Match Your Figure Skating Goals and NeedsThose interested in figure skating should be aware that not all ice arenas are the same. Some ice rinks may be only for recreational skating or for ice hockey. Other rinks may be geared especially for figure skating and will have coaches on staff who are able to take an ice skater all the way from the beginning stages to the elite level.
Finding the right coach is essential. Many people in skating believe that only those who teach skating full-time can make champions. Look for a coach who is patient, who is professional, and passionate about molding and teaching young skaters.
Ice skating is a skill that involves much practice. Figure skaters with Olympic dreams need to practice every day for at least three to four hours a day. Ballet and off-ice conditioning and training are also necessary.
Sample of a Daily Schedule For a Figure Skater With Olympic Dreams:
- 4:30 am: Wake up, get dressed, and eat a light breakfast.
- 5:30 am: Arrive at the rink to do off-ice training and jumping.
- 6:00 am and 6:45 am: Skate and practice on two forty-five minute freestyle practice sessions.
- 7:30 am: Leave the rink and head for school.
- 8:15 am to 2:30 pm: Attend school.
- 3:00 pm:: Return to the rink and do more off-ice training and jumping.
- 3:30 and 4:15 pm: Skate and practice on two forty-five minute freestyle practice sessions.
- 5:15 pm: Take a ballet class or take part in an off-ice work-out.
- 6:00 pm: Eat dinner.
- 6:45 pm: Do homework.
- 8:00 pm: Go to bed early.
Suggested Meal Plan for Figure Skaters:
- Breakfast: Juice, cereal, nonfat milk, and fruit
- Mid-Morning Snack: Fruit or yogurt
- Lunch: Soup, turkey sandwich, lettuc, tomato, mustard, pickle, carrots, and oatmeal cookies
- Afternoon Snack: Grapes, string cheese, or crackers
- Dinner: Lean meat, baked potato, green vegetable, and salad
- Evening Snack: Peanut butter, graham crackers, and nonfat milk
Set and Achieve Some Figure Skating Test and Competition Goals:Figure skating tests make it possible for figure skaters to be eligible to compete in certain competitions. Skating tests count and "mean something" on an ice skater’s resume. Also, competition experience is essential especially for skaters with Olympic dreams.
Every year, a skater, his coach, and family should evaluate a figure skater's progress, set goals for the season, and work towards achieving those goals.